The Petworth Society was founded in 1974 to preserve the character and amenities of the town and parish of Petworth including Byworth; to encourage interest in the history of the district and to foster a community spirit. It is non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit making. Membership is open to anyone, irrespective of place of residence who is interested in furthering the aims of the society. Membership is £14.00, single or double. Postal £18.00, overseas £25.00. Members receive 4 copies of the quarterly society magazine.